There's little doubt that the Rock the Bells festival, rolling through the Bay Area this Saturday, is the hottest hip-hop ticket for this summer's touring season. This year's edition of the annual rap circus collects more than 20 of the genre's best live acts on two stages (among them Public Enemy, Nas, Talib Kweli, and MF Doom) and is expected to draw 200,000 strong as it rolls through 17 major urban markets. But Rock the Bells is more than just a cash cow. As organizer Chang Weisberg recently told me, "Rock the Bells is a platform for the sort of hard-core,... More >>>